Chilling video has captured drug cartel members lining up several people against a wall at a funeral – shooting them down, clearing the scene and leaving behind a bag full of brains.
The horrific attack happened outside a funeral service on Sunday for the mother of a suspected hitman who had worked for the Jalisco Cartel, which has fought bloody turf battles in Michoacan against gangs rivals.
In the footage, which was captured by a resident of the town of San Jose de Gracia, bursts of gunfire erupt and smoke blankets the scene of the carnage.
On Monday, prosecutors said they could not say how many victims died because the assailants cleared the scene, washed the sidewalk and removed the bodies.
Investigators found only a bag full of brains and shell casings at the scene of the massacre.
The Michoacan state chief prosecutor said gang members went to the funeral looking for the hitman, whom officials identified only by his first name, Alejandro.
District Attorney Adrián López Solís said the hitman apparently died at the scene.
The attack happened just a few blocks from City Hall, where three cops were on duty, he said, adding that police did not attend the scene or ring the bell. alarm because “she did not have enough strength” to intervene.
There have been multiple attacks at funerals in Mexico, as cartel gunmen seek to exterminate rival gang members during services.
Mayor Jorge Luis Anguiano, whose township includes San Jose de Gracia, said that before Sunday’s attack, a large convoy of vehicles was seen entering from neighboring Jalisco state, but local police had not not the firepower to intervene.
“Given the number of suspected criminals who were there and given the rules of engagement, we had to retreat,” Anguiano said. “We don’t have the firepower to handle those kinds of situations.”
“In situations like this, municipal governments are at risk,” he added.
With post wires
New York Post